MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon school board on Monday talked about HB 59 and implication one provision may have on extra-curricular participation. The law, as of Sept. 29, now permits home school and charter school students to participate in public school extracurricular activities such as sports and In The Know. Activity fees and eligibility requirements must still be met. MVHS activities director Mark Shively said the Ohio High School Athletic Association is in the process of refining its criteria to match the new law. One thing that needs to be clarified is whether the public school’s liability insurance would cover participants who are not actually enrolled in the school system. The Mount Vernon board is expected to revise its related policies at its September board meting.
The rest of the meeting was largely routine, with personnel actions making up the bulk of the business. The board accepted letters of resignation from middle school science teacher Charles Adkins, from intervention specialist Christopher Smith, Dan Emmett Elementary aide Vickie Hall, and from bus drivers Mia Hershberger, Donna Hochstetler, Thomas Keller and Isaac Singrey. It granted an unpaid medical leave of absence to high school custodian Sharon Blubaugh, effective through Jan. 5.
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